How to Operate a Microwave Oven

In today’s nonstop, fast-paced world, everyone seems to “want it now” and want it fast. The characteristics of such lifestyles have even spilled over into our way of eating. For some the days of long dinner preparations are lost forever. Someone who does not have a microwave today would be considered “ancient” and behind the times. Operating a microwave oven correctly can be quite convenient and beneficial when preparing food, drinks or snacks.

Man Putting TV Dinner Into Microwave Oven To Cook
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Open microwave door (depending on the style you may have to pull handle or push a button to open). Do not set oven for excessive cook times.

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Place the item (plate, container, mug) containing the food or drink inside the microwave. If the food or drink is in an aluminum container, remove and place into something that is microwave compatible.

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Close the door and set cook or reheat time as suggested for the particular food or drink. If no suggestions or recommendations are given, you may want to start with one to two minutes, depending on the contents' temperature. If contents are frozen, you can defrost first before actually cooking.

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Restart microwave if additional cooking is needed after four minutes.

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Check contents periodically and (turn, or stir) to ensure even cooking.

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Remove food carefully and/or allow food to cool before removing.